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Hike to the Lackenkogel – The “Watchman“ in the Salzburg Summit Game
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Hike to the Lackenkogel – The “Watchman“ in the Salzburg Summit Game

I hiked up to the Lackenkogel (2,051 m) for the first time as a teenager and the impressive mountain didn’t just command my utmost respect, but was also physically demanding. With regard to the Salzburg Summit Game I quickly realised that the Lackenkogel could be none other than the “Watchman“ in the Salzburger Sportwelt. From far away, already, it rises up to the heavens, as if nothing and nobody can shake it and that’s exactly what it wants to teach us: to be courageous, self-confident and to have total trust in our own strengths.

beautiful hike in Salzburg

Let get one thing straight,though: the hike up to the Lackenkogel is not a stroll in the park. You definitely require stamina, staying power and good physical condition to conquer the peak in around four to five hours. Yet, that’s how it should be: a watchman is not someone who is easily conquerable!

beautiful hike in Salzburg

You start off from the sports ground in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee and already from the starting point you have your destination in sight. Therefore it’ so amazing to see how quickly you gain altitude on your two legs.

beautiful hike in Salzburg

And that’s how this tour to the Lackenkogel progresses: quite soon you’re looking down on the picturesque resort of Altenmarkt and after two hours you come to the Sattelbauer. You can also drive up to this popular mountain guesthouse by car from Flachau and shorten the tour somewhat. Those coming from Altenmarkt can make a first refreshment stop here or simply use the break to observe the cheeky goats in their enclosure.

beautiful hike in Salzburg

The Watchman’s ritual, like on all the other mountains too, is performed at the peak. Yet, a little tip beforehand: those that wish to, may carefully pick a few larch or pine needles and rub them between their fingers. In order to enter the kingdom of the Watchman, the summit player can rub their wrists with this enchanting woody aroma. What’s so good about that? Well, tree needles smell better than any perfume and you become energetically entwined with the mountains and landscape. You dip into the magical world of the Watchman – just like shaking hands with friendly hosts welcoming you at the door.

beautiful hike in Salzburg

The route from the Sattlerbauer up to the peak leads alternately along a forest track or a steeper trail to the idyllic Lackenalmen. The dark “Lacken“ (pools), which are also called “heaven’s  ponds“ by the locals, the peacefully grazing Scottish Highland cattle and the alpine huts make this alpine pasture area a real gem and it’s no surprise that it counts as one of the most scenic of its type in the Upper Enns Valley.

beautiful hike in Salzburg
beautiful hike in Salzburg

The Lackenkogel towers above the alpine pasture: and it’s from here I head up on the final, one-hour long climb up to the summit. Along rooty trails and between blueberry bushes to this fantastic mountain for views, from where you can see as far as the Watzmann, the Grimming, the Sonnblick and the highest mountain in Austria, the 3,798 m high Grossglockner.

beautiful hike in Salzburg

Up on the top you can feel the power of the Watchman: an unexpected feeling of greatness, far-sightedness and grandeur pervade: the ritual is a revitalizing, encouraging tapping massage, which you can do on you own or as a couple. And one which you should note for challenging situations in life.

beautiful hike in Salzburg

You head back down into the valley along the same trail. with a talisman in your rucksack and a short stop for refreshment at an alpine hut halfway down. As strength has to be built up: treating yourself well – by way of culinary delights too – is a pre-requisite for awakening the energy of the Watchman within you.

beautiful hike in Salzburg

Tips & Info:

Here you can find out everything about the Salzburger Summit Game

And here you can find more information about the Lackenkogel.

photo credits: Salzburger Sportwelt, Michael Grössinger, Altenmarkt-Zauchensee Tourismus


"Die Welt in Worte zu fassen, bedeutet auch, sie – in gewisser Weise – neu zu erfinden: Es gibt kaum etwas, das noch nicht beschrieben wurde. Dennoch lohnt es sich immer wieder, neue Worte zu finden. Davon bin ich zumindest überzeugt. Als selbstständige Texterin, Journalistin und Autorin gehört das geschriebene Worte zu meinem Alltag. Schreiben ist für mich nicht Beruf, sondern Berufung: Schon als 12-jährige habe ich mein Spielzeug gegen eine mechanische Schreibmaschine ausgetauscht. Seit 2004 betreue ich zahlreiche renommierte Unternehmen in Österreich und Deutschland, wobei mein Schwerpunkt ganz klar auf den Bereichen Salzburg und Tourismus liegt. So schreibe ich unter anderem für die Salzburger Sportwelt, Flachau, Radstadt, die Großglockner Hochalpenstraße, die Salzburger Burgen und Schlösser oder die SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH. 2014 erschien mein Buch „Beste Aussichten im Salzburger Land. 66 Lieblingsplätze und 11 Almhütten“. Darin stelle ich sehenswerte Ausflugsziele vor und verrate so manch persönlichen Lieblingsplatz. Weitere Bücher, die von mir bisher erschienen sind: „Köstliches von der Müllerin“ (Dort-Hagenhausen, 2014)
 „Das große, kleine Buch: Imker werden“ (Servus, 2015) 
„Das große, kleine Buch: Die Großglockner Hochalpenstraße anders erleben“ (Servus, 2016) "

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